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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (United States)

A Computer Hardware Engineer earns an average salary of $70,227 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Engineering Design and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).
Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$45,710 - $107,118
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $70,227
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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$8.14 - $41.43
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,710 - $107,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,269  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,608 - $111,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $41.43  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,269  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,608 - $111,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.
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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks
  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Austin
up arrow 29%
San Francisco
up arrow 20%
Raleigh
up arrow 3%
National Average
$71,000
New York
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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%
Experienced
up arrow 27%
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 11%
C
up arrow 3%
C++
up arrow 2%
National Average
$71,000
Java
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%